AEI Political Report: The politics of the economy, June 2012

 

 

AEI Political Report, June 2012

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In the June edition of AEI’s Political Report, the AEI Politics team explores public attitudes on the politics of the economy, the role of government, feelings towards the rich, Obama’s support for gay marriage, women’s reproductive health and more. 

• Despite dismal news on the economy, 36 percent say the economy is getting better, the highest number in two years. 

• By a hair, Americans think Obama would handle unemployment better than Romney. But Romney has more support when it comes to dealing with weak economic growth. Interestingly, both receive roughly equal marks on handling government regulations on private enterprise (46 percent for Obama and 49 percent for Romney).

• According to the exit polls from Wisconsin’s recall election, 52 percent of voters said they approved of the recent changes in state law that limit the ability of government workers to bargain collectively over pay and benefits. Forty-seven percent disapproved.  Based on the 21 demographic variables we examine, the electorate for this race looked remarkably similar to that for the 2010 gubernatorial election.

• In a dramatic change in attitudes, a plurality of 47 percent now believe that Obama’s approach has made things better for the American auto industry. 

• Eighty-two percent consider Romney to be rich, while 68 percent consider Barack Obama to be rich. Most have never heard of Bain Capital.  

• Only 13 percent told Gallup that Obama’s support of same sex-marriage would make them more likely to vote for him. Most think his decision was politically motivated. 

• How do you like your hamburger? A plurality (36 percent) of Americans like theirs well done. But there’s a gender gap on this issue: 40 percent of women versus 31 percent of men.

 

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Karlyn
Bowman
  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
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Jennifer K.
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  • Jennifer K. Marsico is a senior research associate at AEI, working in the Political Corner. Her research focuses on elections and election reform, as well as government continuity issues. She is a visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She is also a contributor to the AEIdeas blog, and has also written for many outside print and online publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Roll Call. Ms. Marsico serves as assistant director of the AEI-Brookings Continuity of Government Commission, and has contributed to recent studies on Supreme Court continuity, voter registration modernization, and civic participation in the digital age.

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